Roger L. Simon

Scoping out Scopes

Charles Krauthammer, my favorite columnist over all, strikes again at the peculiar theory called “intelligent design,” which is neither very intelligent or much of a design. In fact, as I have said before, it’s kind of an insult to theists – something that Krauthammer hints at from another direction by pointing out that Newton and Einstein were believers. On ID theory, the columnist is devastating:

Let’s be clear. Intelligent design may be interesting as theology, but as science it is a fraud. It is a self-enclosed, tautological “theory” whose only holding is that when there are gaps in some area of scientific knowledge — in this case, evolution — they are to be filled by God. It is a “theory” that admits that evolution and natural selection explain such things as the development of drug resistance in bacteria and other such evolutionary changes within species but also says that every once in a while God steps into this world of constant and accumulating change and says, “I think I’ll make me a lemur today.” A “theory” that violates the most basic requirement of anything pretending to be science — that it be empirically disprovable. How does one empirically disprove the proposition that God was behind the lemur, or evolution — or behind the motion of the tides or the “strong force” that holds the atom together?